31 Days of Giving: Day 22 – The Gift of Kindness

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I am at day 22 of my “31 Days of Giving” project and something I am noticing about myself in this journey is that I am kinder to the stranger at the check-out counter, in the drive-through or taking my ticket from a metered parking lot. I find myself taking the time to notice the person behind the service and look them in the eye, give them a smile or a proper “hello, how is your day” and not be in a rush just to get through a line.

Think about all the times you interact with strangers in your day.  The teller at the bank, getting your morning coffee or the hostess at the place you went for dinner. Do you remember what any of the people looked like? Their name? Next time, stop for a moment and really “see” the person and take notice if your interaction is different.

Here are a few “kindness” ideas from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

  • Put Change In A Parking Meter – If you notice a car’s parking meter is about to expire, put some change in.
  • Thank Your Police Or Fire Department – Every day, hundreds of men and women risk their lives to make sure that we are safe. How impressive is that? Why not tell these people how thankful you are for their services?
  • Return A Shopping Cart – Instead of leaving your shopping cart in the middle of the parking lot when you’re at the grocery store, make someone’s job easier by returning it to where it belongs.
  • Pick Up Trash – Beautify your surroundings! Be kind to the environment and those around you by picking up trash when you see it lying around. It doesn’t matter who left it there, just pick it up!
  • Ask Someone About Their Culture – Do you know someone who is from a different culture than you? Perhaps they were born in a different country, speak a different language, or celebrate different holidays than you. Ask them to tell you about their cultural values and traditions.

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

—Scott Adams

31 Days of Giving: Day 20 – Gift of Pinterest

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This weekend, I found my inner craft diva and searched the Pinterest boards for projects with cork. I figured I would finally put all those wine corks to good use that I have been saving. I have to admit, among all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sitting down and crafting was extremely relaxing.

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I made two projects, an earring holder and a key chain.  When I looked around my place for supplies, I amazed myself that I had all the materials and re-purposed some others.  The earring holder, I used a frame that I already had, and I had the hooks in my “junk drawer”. The cork key ring I used an old bracelet that broke and one lone earring, that I lost the other one several years ago.

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I am mighty impressed with my two Pinterest projects and I know of two special people who will hopefully like these home-made creations.

Look around your house, search Pinterests and get your inner craft diva on!  Enjoy, relax & have fun.

Good to Give and Receive

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When is the last time you received a hand-written card in the mail?

Think about how excited it made you, how good you felt…. Now imagine what it can do for a volunteer or donor.

I am always buying unique thank you cards, birthday cards or blank note cards and when the feeling strikes, or when I want to say thanks, I pick the perfect card from my stash and I send it out hoping to make that person’s day.

Here are a few of my favorite online card sites and links for inspirational and thoughtful gifts.

The best gifts don’t have to be expensive, but it does have to show meaning.

Enjoy!

Compendium Inc – “Live Inspired” – LOVE this site.  So many inspiration gifts, they have a blog you can follow on how to live inspired and you can also sign up for a quote of the day.

Paperwink – Nothing makes sending or receiving a card more personal than a personalized return address stamp.

Kathy Davis –  Beautiful sayings and hand painted card art work. Mail someone this card, and they will know how special they are.

It Takes Two – Greeting cards and gifts for volunteers, hospice, nurses and teachers.  My favorite card for volunteers is “fruits of their labor” – T4309V

Positive Promotion –  This site is great if you are looking for decorations or trinkets related to National Volunteer Week or other types of volunteer recognition events.

Baudv!lle – This is another site great for inspirational items — from water bottles, picture frames, cards to notepads.